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Journey through Japan, in the midst of the enchanting cherry blossom season, on an itinerary that showcases the very essence of this unique land. Explore the vibrant cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima, discover the rich history of Kyoto and Nara and gaze on the magnificent Mt Fuji, whilst optional experience will help you truly soak up Japan’s incredible culture.
Experience the unforgettable Cherry Blossom
Soak up the sights of vibrant Tokyo
Soak up the beauty of iconic Mount Fuji and tranquil Lake Ashi
Choose from one of three special experiences to immerse yourself in the local culture
Our Times News Cherry Blossom 2019 itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Tokyo, Japan’s vibrant, innovative capital city. On arrival, transfer to the airport to your hotel where you will have any free time to relax or explore before a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
Today, embark on a full day tour of the city, ascending the Tokyo Skytree, wandering the Asakusa district to the atmospheric Senso-ji. You’ll also visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. This evening, cruise the waters of Tokyo Bay and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)
Special Experience – Make your free time at Senso-ji even more authentic by enjoying it fully dressed and accessorised in a traditional Japanese kimono!
Travel by road from to Mt Fuji, where you'll ascend 2,400 metres up Japan's most iconic sight to the 5th Station (weather permitting). Next, transfer to the spa region of Hakone and embark on a cruise on the spectacular Lake Ashi before flying high above the lake on the Komagatake Ropeway to the summit of Mt Komagatake and enjoy the breathtaking views! (B,L,D)
Transfer to Odawara Station to jump onboard the Hikari bullet train and whizz your way to Kyoto. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Fushimi Inari Shrine. Follow the pathway through thousands of vermillion torii gates that leads through a complex of shrines spread over a peaceful, forested hillside. (B,L,D)
This morning, visit Kiyomizu Temple, a huge complex on a clifftop, overlooking the city. Continue to Higashiyama, an area that offers, when you wander its narrow lanes of old wooden shops and dwellings, an experience of a Kyoto of times gone by. After lunch, visit one of Japan's most famous temples, Kinkaku-ji, the 'Golden Pavilion'. (B,L,D)
Special Experience – Learn the art of Zen meditation at tranquil Kodai-ji and its classical Zen garden.
Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima. Hopping on a ferry, make the short trip to the holy island of Miyajima, where you’ll visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rising majestically out of the waters of the Seta Island Sea. (B,L,D)
Wander through the leafy and peaceful expanse of the Peace Memorial Park and visit the striking A-Bomb Dome, before exploring the moving Peace Memorial Museum. Board a bullet train to Himeji to see the spectacular Himeji Castle and Koko-en, a garden that showcases the various traditional styles of the Edo Period. Continue by bullet train to Osaka where you’ll spend the evening in the vibrant Dotonbori district. (B,L,D)
Another former capital, Nara is a picturesque, compact city and easily reachable from Osaka. Explore the magnificent Todai-ji and admire the magnificent Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha, before strolling through Isuien Gardens. After lunch, return to Osaka and enjoy free time before dinner. (B,L,D)
Special Experience – This afternoon, experience the preparation and ritual involved in a tea ceremony.
Transfer to the airport and fly home to the UK. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is not required to travel to Japan for British Citizen passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please contact the Japanese Embassy for more information.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK. Most hotels have Wi-Fi, which may come at a cost.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, served buffet style. As is traditional, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine, placed on the table for everyone to share a speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the group. We aim to cater to the tastes of all and the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Drinks will be at each tour members’ expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available. Western style wine is not widely available. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are widely available.
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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